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Brenig Report

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A wonderful week of weather was experienced at Llyn Brenig this week with most days seeing blue skies and temperatures that encouraged the visitor to shed a few layers of clothing and reach for the sun cream. There was a bit of a sting in the tail however as Sunday saw the return of rather wet and murky conditions which reminded us, if we really need to be reminded, that summer is definitely over and that any glimpse of blue skies and sunshine is a welcome bonus at this time of year. There is that feeling that autumn is upon us and although it can be a lovely time weather wise we know that winter isn’t far around the corner. As the days begin to shorten there is that almost mad desire to make the most of every moment of daylight before the dark days set in. Dylan Thomas probably summed it up best, although maybe in a different context, when he said, ‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light’. I don’t think he was talking about making the most of the evenings by going fishing but he might have been!!

The rod average of 3.6 fish per angler has improved slightly on the previous week and shows that the fishing has been good. Saturday was a particularly productive day with the warm weather bringing the fish closer to the surface again. The water temperature had actually gone down to 14 degrees C at the start of the week but by the end of the week it had risen to 14.5 degrees C. The top of the Brenig Arm has been full of feeding fish and the spooned fish have been jam packed with buzzers and cadis fly. The top bag for the week, weighing in at 12 lbs 8 oz, has been claimed by Mr. Mark Jones from Bangor whilst the biggest fish this week was a 3 lb 0 oz Rainbow caught by Mr. Gareth Dean from Rhuddlan. 

The eagerly anticipated penultimate Brenig Trout League took place on Sunday and proved to be a somewhat more difficult day than usual with bonus times hard to come by. With the final round taking place on October 18th every point could prove to be crucial. Comparisons may even be drawn between the Brenig Trout League and the Rugby World Cup with the final outcome being decided by tiny margins – a few ounces here or a few points there – or perhaps I am stretching the point a bit – no pun intended. Needless to say I am just making an excuse to wish the Welsh Rugby team well in their quest to overcome the old enemy!!The team in first place were the Cheshire Hawks, whilst second place went to the Welsh Hawks who are still in overall first position. Brenig Cats came in third place. 

The top flies this week have been montana, claret hopper, damsel, muddler, black pennel, diawl bach, green fritz, cats whiskers, connemara black and heather fly.  

The main hot spots have been Tower Bay, the Ring of Stones, Nant Glyn and Sailing club bay.

‘Pike Week’ is already proving to be very popular so if you want to join in then please make sure that you book a boat as soon as possible.

The main gates will be shutting at 6.45 pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 6.00 pm.

Tight Lines – Jim Jenkins – Seasonal ranger.

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